• More Da Nang - Southeast Asia flights opening

    More Da Nang - Southeast Asia flights opening

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    January 03,2020 02:29 PM

    Several air routes from central Da Nang city to and from Southeast Asian countries have been rolled out by various airlines this year, promising an increasing number of visitors to the city in the future.

    In December, Malindo Air from Malaysia launched a direct route to and from Kuala Lumpur with three weekly flights. The frequency will raise to six flights a week within the next few weeks, before the carrier operates daily flights from January 20. Earlier, low-cost airline Air Asia opened Kuala Lumpur - Da Nang flights, with a frequency of 14 a week.

    Singaporean carrier Silk Air also ferries passengers to and from Da Nang each day, while the Singapore-based Jetstar Asia ferries passengers to and from the central city on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

    Thailand’s Air Asia and local carrier Vietjet Air, meanwhile, are operating Bangkok - Da Nang flights, with a frequency of 21 per week. The Chiang Mai (Thailand) - Da Nang service operated by Air Asia and the Da Nang - Jakarta route launched by Sriwijaya Air are also among new routes rolled out this year.

    Southeast Asia is one of five major source markets where the city will boost its promotional activities in 2020, according to the Da Nang Center for Tourism Promotion. These new air routes will promote visits not only to the city but also nearby tourist destinations in the central region, such as Hue and Hoi An ancient town.

  • Tra Que vegetable village tours open

    Tra Que vegetable village tours open

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    January 02,2020 02:26 PM

    Hoi An ancient town in central Quang Nam province has officially begun ecological tours to the famed Tra Que vegetable village in Cam Ha commune, which possesses the most abundant and varied vegetables in the area.

    Costing VND35,000 ($1.35) per person, the tours allow visitors to learn about the lives of local farmers and the vegetable growing process in the village, and they can also be involved in planting crops. Nearby relic sites are also within reach, as are the area’s many delicacies.

    Noting the success of pilot tours to the village conducted by several travel companies, Hoi An’s tourism authorities approved a project on community-based tourism development in Tra Que. The new tour is part of this project and aims to provide a new and interesting destination for visitors to explore peaceful and hospitable Hoi An.

  • Quang Binh holding tourism promotions for new year

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 05,2019 02:57 PM

    The central province of Quang Binh will organize numerous activities to attract local tourists to tourism activities, especially on the occasion of the new year.

    Visitors will receive a discount of 10-50 per cent off the price of all tourism products and tours in the province from now until March 31.

    From December 29 to 31, in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, the Quang Binh Tourism Promotion Information Center will organize street art and culinary activities for tourists, such as water puppetry and culinary activities in Phong Nha.

    To welcome in the new year 2020, the provincial Department of Tourism will host a Countdown Program on December 31 in Son Trach commune. Visitors can experience a host of interesting activities, such as a food festival in the Phong Nha - Ke Bang World Heritage Site, lion dancing performances, a street circus, and fireworks, among others.

    On January 1, the Department will hold a welcome ceremony for the first foreign tourist to Phong Nha - Ke Bang.

  • Hanoi to build 600 new bus stop shelters

    Hanoi to build 600 new bus stop shelters

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    January 03,2020 02:28 PM

    Hanoi authorities have recently announced that 600 European-standard bus stop shelters will be built and billboards installed in 12 inner districts in the capital. This aims to encourage Hanoi residents to switch to public transport, thus easing traffic congestion and improving air quality.

    Of the 600 shelters, 235 will be newly built, while 1,200 advertising boards will be installed along median strips wider than two meters. Twenty-five touch screens will also be installed and connected to wi-fi for real-time bus tracking and for advertising.

    The project will be implemented in Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, Long Bien, Thanh Xuan, Hoan Kiem, Tay Ho, Bac Tu Liem, Nam Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Hoang Mai, Dong Da, and Ha Dong districts.

    Bus routes account for 57 per cent of Hanoi’s public transport and play an essential role in serving city passengers and connecting peripheral areas with the city’s downtown area, according to the Hanoi Department of Transport. There are 71 bus routes operating in outlying districts with more than 2,100 bus stops. Only 23 are sheltered, or just nearly 1 per cent, the department said.

  • Hanoi helicopter tours take off

    Hanoi helicopter tours take off

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    January 02,2020 02:25 PM

    The Northern Helicopter Company under the Vietnam Helicopter Corporation has introduced the “Song Hong HeliTour” for visitors to gain a bird’s-eye view of the panoramic landscapes of Hanoi along the Red River.

    Flights are conducted out of Gia Lam Airfield, 15 minutes from downtown Hanoi, on the US-made Bell 505 light helicopter. From 100 meters above, visitors can take in the unique scenery, including the historic Long Bien Bridge, Co Loa Citadel, Bat Trang pottery village, and the new urban areas of the city, among others.

    The tours were launched following the success of helicopter flights over Ha Long Bay, introduced last May. The flights add a new offering to Vietnam’s tourism services and promotes the country’s image around the world from a new angle.

  • Hoi An to pilot e-tickets at local tourist sites

    Hoi An to pilot e-tickets at local tourist sites

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 05,2019 02:56 PM

    Authorities in Hoi An ancient town have approved a project for an e-ticket system for entry into the UNCESCO World Heritage Site.

    With investment of VND5.7 billion ($246,000), the project will be implemented in two phases. The first will be carried out to June 2020, with four e-ticket counters installed at Song Hoai Square, Hang Dieu, Le Loi, and Bach Dang Streets, and 21 local attractions. The second phase, running to December 2020, will see the e-ticket system installed at other ticket counters and parking lots.

    The project aims to improve the ticketing system to make it more convenient, fast, and accurate, according to the local people’s committee. Information technology will be further applied in sightseeing activities and tourism management.

  • First food street opens in Dong Thap

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    January 02,2020 02:30 PM

    A food street has been opened to the public in the capital of the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap province, Sa Dec, in a collaborative effort between the Sa Dec City People’s Committee and the HD Trading and Service Co. from Ho Chi Minh City.

    On Nguyen Hue Street, the food street has 60-80 food stalls along its 300 meters in length, open from 4pm to 10pm daily, including holidays. It features specialties from Sa Dec and Dong Thap as well as popular dishes from elsewhere. Typical products and souvenirs are also on sale, and there will be cultural activities on weekends and holidays with folk music from the country’s three regions, together with magic acts and games for kids.

    The food street will create a new entertainment venue for both local residents and visitors, particularly at night.

  • Visa exemptions extended for visitors from 8 countries

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    January 02,2020 02:23 PM

    The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has recently announced that Vietnam will continue visa exemptions offered to citizens from Russia, Japan, South Korea, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Belarus to the end of 2022.

    The exemptions, which were first introduced in 2015, would have expired at the end of 2019. They apply to citizens from these countries staying in Vietnam for less than 15 days.

    South Korea is the leading source of visitors among the eight countries, with nearly 3.7 million arriving in the first eleven months of 2019, according to the General Statistics Office. Japan and Russia followed, with 872,000 and 585,000, respectively. Vietnam attracted a record 18 million foreign visitors in the 2019, a year-on-year increase of 16.2 per cent.

  • First-ever Tet festival to be held in HCMC

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 05,2019 02:56 PM

    The first private library in Vietnam on the American War has been opened to the public by a retired general, which archives and exhibits over 10,000 books, journals, and publications. The library is on the 2nd Floor, Almaz Market, Vinhomes Riverside, in Hanoi’s Long Bien district.

    Documents and objects at the library were collected by former Deputy Minister of Public Security Nguyen Van Huong and his friends. Most are in English from American authors, including politicians, historians, governmental officials, and military commanders, who have studied the war, providing a rich and precious documentary resource with different perspectives for researchers and people interested in the history of the war.

    The library also showcases digitalized maps of Vietnam and Southeast Asia from ancient times and in the modern era, two cartographic collections of Vietnam’s territory drawn by the US’s Cadastral Agency and Army during wartime, 100 posters depicting global support for the struggle of the Vietnamese people for peace and independence, stamp collections issued by Vietnam and other countries to mark major historical events in Vietnam, and collected artifacts that are personal belongings and military equipment of Vietnamese combatants taken by American troops on the battlefield.

    The library will work with other agencies in the future to produce films about the war as well as showcase war objects and items to help families of missing Vietnamese soldiers find them.

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